Inequalities in school leavers’ labour market outcomes: do school subject choices matter?

Research by Cristina Ianelli and Adriana Duta on inequalities in school leavers' labour market outcomes has been published as part of a working paper series by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL.

This paper examines the role of school curriculum in explaining potential gender and social inequalities in employment chances of young people who left education early, either at the end of compulsory schooling or at the end of secondary school. Using data from the Scottish Longitudinal Study, we found little in terms of gender differences but strong parental background differences in school leavers’ employment status and type of occupation entered. Social inequalities in labour market outcomes were only partly explained by curriculum choices. Unlike previous studies which found curriculum choices to be very important in explaining the chances of entering higher education, our findings suggest that subjects studied at school are less important for explaining social inequalities in employment chances.

Read the working paper in full here.

Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Authors: 
Cristina Iannelli
Adriana Duta
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Journal: 
CLS Working Paper series
Volume: 
2017/3
Publisher: 
Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL

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